Who’s House Is It?

Posted by – Darren Darge, Code Enforcement Officer

On July 26th, a fire occurred at property located on the 1400 block of Vinewood Street.  Thankfully, no one was in the home at the time.  The Fire Department temporarily secured the property, but the home was a total loss and a danger to the public.  It had to be removed.

Getting the damaged structure removed proved to be a difficult and complex problem for us.  The home had been sitting vacant since Spring 2010.  There had been no official foreclosure filed on the property, since there were legal issues between the owner of record and financial institution.  Nobody wanted to take responsibility.

After months of finger pointing between the two responsible parties, someone had to do something for the sake of the neighborhood.   The Code Enforcement Division stepped up and took control of the situation.  Following very rigid legal procedures, we were able to obtain funds from the mortgage insurance company to take care of the problem.  Recently, City Manager Auger signed an emergency order for demolition and the dangerous buildings were removed by the City of Auburn Hills.

We strive to take care of our citizens, so as you can imagine it was very rewarding for us to be able to take control of the situation and take care of this problem for them.